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January 19, 2012

Yesterday was the day of the great Blackout Protest against SOPA and PIPA. Thousands of sites participated and it did make a difference!

Four key senators abandon online piracy bills amid web protests

Congressional support for controversial online piracy legislation eroded dramatically on Wednesay in the face of an unprecedented online protest supported by tech titans such as Google, Wikipedia and Facebook.

Several key senators withdrew their support from the Senate’s Protect IP Act, including Tea Party favorite Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), an elected member of his party’s leadership.

Sen. Jon Cornyn (R-Texas), who leads the Senate GOP campaign team, and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, also retreated from the bill.

Thousands of websites went dark on Wednesday to protest the two Internet piracy bills, the House’s Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Senate’s Protect IP Act (PIPA). At least two California Democrats, Rep. Anna Eshoo and Zoe Lofgren, joined the protests by blacking out their web sites.

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), a leader of Senate conservatives, also came out against the bills, calling them “misguided bills that will cause more harm than good.”

“When protecting intellectual property rights, we must not undermine free speech, threaten economic growth, or impose burdensome regulations,” DeMint tweeted.


My favorite quote from the above has to be this: “Leahy, the chief author of the Senate bill, said the protest is based on a misunderstanding of the legislation. ”

Doesn’t it seem like every time there is widespread protest against some proposed legislation (TARP, Obamacare, NDAA…) the fascists who want it to pass resort to telling us we’re just too stupid to understand their wonderful law? LOL!

I did, however, happen across this video that tells why you SHOULD support SOPA and PIPA:


On a more serious note, I did learn that the President of the MPAA (the leading organization lobbying for SOPA/PIPA) is none other than retired Senator Chris Dodd. Yes, he of the now infamous Dodd-Frank law of new banking regulations and countless unintended (?) consequences.

Chris Dodd actually had the nerve to say that the blackout protests are an “abuse of power“. Do I even need to point out the irony here?

So that’s where we are now. Don’t forget about SOPA and PIPA when the blackouts are over. Harry Reid in the senate insists he will push forward. And as recent history has shown (TARP, Obamacare, NDAA…), however loud the opposition, however unpopular the bill, if “The Powers That Be” want it done it will be done. But maybe this time we’ll have better luck since virtually EVERY big web site in the world is on our side of this fight. We shall see.

G8 to Regulate the Internet?

December 5, 2008

02italy_spanBerlusconi plans to use G8 presidency to ‘regulate the internet’

Italian president and media baron Silvio Berlusconi said today that he would use his country’s imminent presidency of the G8 group to push for an international agreement to “regulate the internet”.

Speaking to Italian postal workers, Reuters reports Berlusconi said: “The G8 has as its task the regulation of financial markets… I think the next G8 can bring to the table a proposal for a regulation of the internet.”

Italy’s G8 presidency begins on January 1. The role is taken by each of the group’s members in rotation. The holder country is responsible for organising and hosting the G8’s meetings and setting the agenda. Italy’s last G8 presidency in 2001, also under Berlusconi, was marred by riots at the annual meeting in Genoa.

Berlusconi didn’t explain what he meant by “regulate the internet”, but the mere mention of it has prompted dismay among Italian commentators. Berlusconi owns swathes of the Italian mass media.

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The “wild west” days of the internet may be drawing to a close. And the world will be poorer for it.

Get Ready to Pay More for the Web

December 5, 2008

In times like these, surfing the web might seem like one of life’s cheaper entertainment options. But the next time you fire up your home computer, consider this: If some Internet service providers get their way, the meter could be running while you’re shopping, emailing or reading news reports like this one.

That’s because cable and telecommunications companies are forging ahead with plans to radically change their familiar flat-rate monthly Internet plans — even as new options for watching movies and TV online proliferate.

What should web surfers expect? “Usage caps” that would penalize those who send and receive too much data.

Time Warner Cable, for instance, is currently running a test in Beaumont, Texas, that offers a range of plans that allow between five gigabytes and 40 gigabytes of bandwidth for new customers. The five-gigabyte plan costs $29.95 a month, while customers pay $54.90 monthly for the 40-gigabyte plan. Go over the limit and customers have to pay $1 for every extra gigabyte. AT&T is testing a similar plan in Reno, Nev., with cap ranges between 20 GB to 150 GB for its new customers.

How easy is it to run over that cap? Just a few years ago it would have been difficult. But now the rise of video and other data-heavy applications on the web means more consumers are eating up large amounts of data — downloading movies and music from Apple’s iTunes, watching TV episodes on and engaging in other “bandwidth intensive” activities.

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